Tested on animals:No
This sugar scrub from Beautycounter had the potential to be a good option for normal skin, but is derailed by the inclusion of fragrant plant oils that can serve as irritants—and irritation isn't good for skin, whether on your face or elsewhere on your body!
As a physical exfoliant, sugar is actually one of the better options because it dissolves easily in water, unlike harsher natural exfoliants like salt, pumice, or walnut shells. That means that here you'll get the benefits of a scrub without tearing skin, and you'll get some moisturizing benefits from the included sweet almond oil, apricot oil, and sunflower oil.
Regrettably, there are plenty of other oils in here that only serve your nose, not your skin. Lime oil, lemon peel oil, grapefruit peel oil, lemongrass oil, orange peel oil, and bergamot oil all have strong potential to cause inflammation, as well as contact dermatitis. Such a reaction is not a healthy glow, from any perspective.
What a shame, because there's a host of beneficial plant oils that Beautycounter could have used instead of the fragrant oils they chose. While those citrus oils might smell nice, as we've said time and again, fragrance isn't skincare! Definitely give this one a pass, and check out one of the far superior options on our list of Best Scrubs.
Last, the jar packaging is messy to use in the shower, and it's almost impossible to keep water from getting into the product as you dig in to get the scrub out and onto your skin.
- Contains sugar as the exfoliant, which is a gentle scrub material.
- Contains beneficial emollients like sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, and sunflower oil.
- Contains several fragrant oils that have strong potential to irritate skin.